[Editor’s note: Because we just celebrated Thanksgiving and because today is a holiday for most people, I will keep this week’s newsletter short. I have also taken the liberty of changing my “thinks” to “thanks” this week. Here are five breakthroughs or innovations for which I am grateful.)

Thanks #1: I am thankful for all of the hard work farmers do to feed this country and the world. In the future, some of these new algae-based farms will help feed the planets 10 billion people by 2050.

Thanks #2 I am thankful for all of the clever innovators, including these researchers who have created a super-light weight solar material that can turn any surface into a solar panel.

Thanks #3: I am thankful for the medical professionals, including these researchers who are working on promising breakthroughs for patients with Parkinson’s as well as these scientists who are working to restore color to those people who suffer from color-blindness.

Thanks #4: I am thankful for this team at MIT who is helping farmers get “more crop by drop” by creating new “smart irrigation technologies.”

Thanks #5: Lastly, I am thankful for this company which is working to build affordable 3D printed houses that can withstand 9.0 magnitude earthquakes.

Bonus Thanks: I know with wars raging in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere around the world, it can sometimes be hard to give thanks but this article –which argues that today is the best-time ever to be alive“–is a good reminder that there is plenty to be thankful for in this world.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jack Uldrich

After-Thanks: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by the spark of another  person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer.